Tuesday Reads: Hillary Tells It Like It Is

Good Morning!!

Today is the big day, the official release date of Hillary Clinton’s book about the 2016 presidential campaign. I may skip watching TV today and just read Hillary’s words. I’m already sick and tired of the media bashing her for daring to write about her experience as the first woman to be nominated for President of the United States by a major political party.

History will recognizer her achievement and her vast contributions to the country, even though today’s “journalists” refuse to give recognize them. And history will record the shameful way the media covered the campaign and Hillary’s role in it even if they will never acknowledge their role in putting an ignorant, incompetent, emotionally disturbed narcissist in the White House.

I can’t remember a single previous losing presidential candidate who was shrieked at to “shut up and go away” as Hillary has been and will continue to be. What more evidence do we need to know that misogyny and sexism are alive and well in 2017 America?

Joe Conason at The National Memo: Why The Media Want Hillary Clinton To Shut Up.

There is something strange about the reproachful media response to What Happened, Hillary Clinton’s new book on the 2016 campaign.

Now everyone knows that the Washington press corps dislikes and distrusts the former Democratic nominee. After all, several of its most eminent members have admitted their herd’s prejudice against her. But the nearly unanimous demand for her to be silent — often presented in the form of blind quotes from her alleged “friends”– cuts against normal journalistic curiosity, let alone the usual lust for fresh gossip.

And it doesn’t matter how many times she accepts responsibility for her unexpected defeat by Donald Trump in the Electoral College. Pundits and reporters insist she hasn’t acknowledged her guilt sufficiently, with the requisite sincerity. So the best choice, according to the press, would have been for her to say and write nothing.

Nobody in the media is eager to hear Clinton’s perspective on that catastrophic election cycle — especially not the part about them and their performance. They would rather not reflect on why her “damned emails” were so ridiculously overemphasized. Or why Trump enjoyed constant and groveling promotion as a television spectacle. Or why journalists produced so many misleading “investigations” of the Clinton Foundation, yet so very few examinations of Trump’s longstanding connections to organized crime. Or why vital policy differences between the two candidates received a tiny fraction of media attention.

The press may not top the list of those who earned blame for the election’s outcome, notably including former FBI director James Comey, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, various unnamed Russian malefactors, and Clinton herself. But she has legitimate grievances over how she and her opponent were treated by the American media, particularly several of its most illustrious outlets.

Read the rest at the link above.

Hillary isn’t running for office again, and she’s it like it is. This is why we need her voice.

Susan Page at USA Today: Exclusive: Hillary Clinton says Trump associates helped Russia meddle in the 2016 election.

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. — Hillary Clinton says she is now convinced that associates of candidate Donald Trump helped Russia meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

“There certainly was communication and there certainly was an understanding of some sort,” Clinton told USA TODAY Monday in a far-ranging interview about her new book, What Happened. “Because there’s no doubt in my mind that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin wanted me to lose and wanted Trump to win. And there’s no doubt in my mind that there are a tangle of financial relationships between Trump and his operation with Russian money. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the Trump campaign and other associates have worked really hard to hide their connections with Russians.”

Does she believe there was collusion by Trump associates?

“I’m convinced of it,” she said, though she stopped short of repeating that explosive word. “I happen to believe in the rule of law and believe in evidence, so I’m not going to go off and make all kinds of outrageous claims. But if you look at what we’ve learned since (the election), it’s pretty troubling.”

The proof of what Clinton believes is continuing to come out on a daily basis. I posted this in the comments yesterday, but it’s worth repeating.

The Hill: Russian pol: US intel missed ‘Russian intelligence’ stealing ‘the president of the United States.’

On a Sunday panel show, a Russian politician said U.S. “intelligence missed it when Russian intelligence stole the president of the United States.”

Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of the Russian parliamentary body, the Duma, made the remarks on the panel show “Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov.”

The focus of the episode was the decline of U.S. power in the world. In that context, said University of Virginia professor Allen Lynch via email, Nikonov was less stating the extent of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election, and more mocking the resulting chaos as emblematic of U.S. weakness.

More Russia investigation news emerged last night.

The Washington Post: Trump’s legal team debated whether Kushner should leave White House.

A small group of White House lawyers this summer urged that President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner step down from his White House role amid a broadening probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russians in the 2016 election, according to multiple people familiar with the discussion.

Some of the lawyers worried that the presence of Kushner, a senior adviser with a broad domestic and foreign policy portfolio, created potential legal complications for Trump, while the probe threatened to limit Kushner’s ability to perform his job, these people said.

Kushner had several interactions with Russian officials in the campaign and transition that have drawn interest from investigators, and some White House lawyers warned that even casual discussions between him and Trump could spark additional scrutiny, and there also other types of lawyers for this kind of investigations, and other legal practice areas like dui defense in wrongful accusations.

The debate, first reported Monday night by the Wall Street Journal, took place before a July shake-up of the legal team. The idea to press Kushner to leave was ultimately rejected.

The Daily Beast: Exclusive: Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on U.S. Soil.

Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho, The Daily Beast has learned.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Beast that the social-media giant “shut down several promoted events as part of the takedown we described last week.” The company declined to elaborate, except to confirm that the events were promoted with paid ads. (This is the first time the social media giant has publicly acknowledged the existence of such events.)

The Facebook events—one of which echoed Islamophobic conspiracy theories pushed by pro-Trump media outlets—are the first indication that the Kremlin’s attempts to shape America’s political discourse moved beyond fake news and led unwitting Americans into specific real-life action.

“This is the next step,” Clint Watts, a former FBI agent and expert on Russia’s influence campaign, told The Daily Beast. “The objective of influence is to create behavior change. The simplest behavior is to have someone disseminate propaganda that Russia created and seeded. The second part of behavior influence is when you can get people to physically do something.”

And this morning, the Chicago Tribune reports: Lawyer says extradition of oligarch tied to Trump campaign chief imminent.

Billionaire Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash is at “great risk” of being brought from Austria to face justice in a Chicago courtroom “within weeks,” his lawyer told a federal judge Monday.

But prosecutors say they are concerned that Firtash — who is wanted on racketeering charges and has ties to President Donald Trump‘s former campaign manager Paul Manafort — will jump on a private jet to Russia if a Chicago judge rules against him before he is handed over to U.S. authorities.

His lawyer, former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, on Monday told U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer that Firtash has never been to the U.S., and the crimes of which he is accused all happened in India and had no impact on the U.S.

Webb said he feared Firtash’s extradition is imminent, and urged Pallmeyer to throw out the case before Firtash can be put on a Chicago-bound plane.

But prosecutor Amarjeet Bhachu told the judge that the wiretapped conversations linked Firtash to Chicago, and that a bribery scheme also used U.S. banks and cellphones.

Very interesting.

Two  more before I get started on Hillary’s book. My hardcover hasn’t arrived yet, but I downloaded the free sample to my Kindle.

Politico: Russia probes pose loyalty test for Team Trump.

Lawyers representing Donald Trump’s current and former aides are giving their clients one simple piece of advice: don’t lie to protect the president.

As special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional investigators prepare to question high-ranking aides — including Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer — in the coming weeks, Trump’s long history of demanding his employees’ complete loyalty are being put to the test.

But Trump stalwarts know the president is closely following the media coverage of the Russia case – and the last thing they want is to be deemed a turncoat whose answers end up becoming further fuel for investigators.

Several of the lawyers and a Tenenbaum Criminal Lawyer representing current and former aides told POLITICO they’re actively warning their clients that any bonds connecting them to Trump won’t protect them from criminal charges if federal prosecutors can nail them for perjury, making false statements or obstruction of justice.

“What I always tell clients is you can’t protect anybody. You can only hurt yourself,” said a lawyer representing a client involved in the Russia probe. The attorney added that any overt attempts to protect Trump will raise wider suspicions of a cover-up, making matters “worse for everybody.”

The Atlantic: Will Donald Trump Destroy the Presidency?

Donald trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his 43 predecessors. We have never had a president so ill-informed about the nature of his office, so openly mendacious, so self-destructive, or so brazen in his abusive attacks on the courts, the press, Congress (including members of his own party), and even senior officials within his own administration. Trump is a Frankenstein’s monster of past presidents’ worst attributes: Andrew Jackson’s rage; Millard Fillmore’s bigotry; James Buchanan’s incompetence and spite; Theodore Roosevelt’s self-aggrandizement; Richard Nixon’s paranoia, insecurity, and indifference to law; and Bill Clinton’s lack of self-control and reflexive dishonesty.

“Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm,” James Madison wrote in one of the Federalist Papers during the debates over the ratification of the Constitution. He was right, but he never could have imagined Donald Trump.

At this point in the singular Trump presidency, we can begin to assess its impact on American democracy. The news thus far is not all bad. The Constitution’s checks and balances have largely stopped Trump from breaking the law. And while he has hurt his own administration, his successors likely won’t repeat his self-destructive antics. The prognosis for the rest of our democratic culture is grimmer, however. Trump’s bizarre behavior has coarsened politics and induced harmful norm-breaking by the institutions he has attacked. These changes will be harder to undo.

Trump, in short, is wielding a Soprano touch on American institutions. “I’m fucking King Midas in reverse here,” Tony Soprano once told his therapist. “Everything I touch turns to shit.”

What else is happening? What stories are you following today?

67 Comments on “Tuesday Reads: Hillary Tells It Like It Is”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Have a great day Sky Dancers!

  2. Pat Johnson says:

    I opened my Kindle this morning and found not only my Hillary book but one written by Katie Tur who covered Trump and his campaign from Day 1 of his announced. I forgot that I had also pre ordered Katie’s book a few months back.

    Katie opens with “I became sick to my stomach” the night the networks gave the “win” to Trump. He had chosen to denigrate “little Katie” over the months of the campaign and she often felt her life was at risk. Great guy!

    Which book shall I begin first? That is the question.

  3. Mary Luke says:

    Love ( not!) the second Time cover. Because we all know it’s a woman’s God given duty to help her husband and may the wrath of the entire United States descend upon her forever if she “hurts” him politically.

    And of course it’s all her fault if the bozo risked his Presidency with a little oval office fling with an intern because of course what man could cope with a woman who is so powerful and emasculating?

    I mean hell, he was only the leader of the free world and one of the most popular modern presidents. But of course he needed his ego admired by an unquestioning 24 year old because his wife was too strong.

    Now don’t get me wrong. I love Bill Clinton. But a lot of this loss is on him. He knows it. That is why when he cast his electoral ballot last December he cried. This is what the media is conveying. It’s all Hillary’s fault. Never his. The MSM knows it and Bill has to know it.

    • Pat Johnson says:

      The truth is that no matter how she handled her marriage to Bill she would have been condemned either way,

      They slammed her for staying, accusing her of being manipulative and using him to push her “agenda”. Had she walked out his presidency would have been doomed and she would have been criticized even further.

      She did it “her way”. And for being Hillary Rodham Clinton she took more abuse than any politician is ever had to endure. Male or female.

      The truth is that few really know Hillary Clinton. She has had to be “guarded” all of her public life. The knives were out for her since she debuted in Arkansas because she was never the traditional wife.

      A woman that smart was to be feared. A woman who refused the role of “adoring spouse” must be put in her place. A woman with her own thoughts and ideas was not to be trusted.

      And so many of us saw the greatness in her will never forget the barriers she overcame to achieve her place in the world.

      She is a woman of the ages and for that she will be remembered.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Every day I admire her more.

      • Mary Luke says:

        You are so right Pat. It all came down to a woman so smart and strong was to be silenced. My blood boils when people hAve the gall to say she should have divorced. It’s nobody else’s decision.

        I just think the media has as you said hated her from the beginning of Bill”s campaign and a big part of that hatred is because she was not a traditional meaning subservient wife.

        And it worked. Every First Lady since has “known her place.”

    • bostonboomer says:

      The simple truth is that without Hillary, Bill would never have been president. And he knows it.

  4. bostonboomer says:

    Sady Doyle: Why women can be likeable or successful – but not both

    The data is always the same; you can be liked, or you can be competent, but never the twain shall meet.
    ‘Many academics have written about it. It’s a pretty simple but unfortunate phenomenon,’ Hillary Clinton told William Kristof at Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit.

    ‘With men, success and ambition are correlated with likability, so the more successful a man is, the more likable he becomes. With a woman, guess what? It’s the exact opposite.’

    Then the entire internet told her to shut up, because, well, she’s Hillary Clinton, the first woman ever to win a major party’s nomination for the presidency, and everyone hates that bitch.

  5. dakinikat says:

    A huge tree fell on JJ’s house last night and took a big piece of the roof. Irma was a tropical storm at that point but is still packing a wallop.

  6. NW Luna says:

    No, Hillary Clinton, the First Woman to Win a Major-Party Presidential Nomination, Does Not Need to Shut Up About It
    But most hollow of all may be the argument that Clinton isn’t doing the women and girls she appealed to in her concession speech any favors by speaking out. “Clinton’s behavior doesn’t help would-be glass ceiling-crackers,” the Washington Post wrote. “Publicly calling out misogyny is probably not the best strategy for combating it, or for encouraging other women to run for office.” On the contrary, condemning misogyny whenever and wherever you see it, in a forum as public as possible, is the precise way to fight it. Hence why, after Clinton’s loss, a record 16,000 women have reached out to Emily’s List in 2017 about running for office. Clinton doesn’t have to keep quiet—and neither do they.


    • Enheduanna says:

      Hurray for Vogue (and that goes for Teen Vogue as well).

      I’m not sure I’ve ever read more disingenuous, ‘splainey garbage than this:
      “Publicly calling out misogyny is probably not the best strategy for combating it…”

      Wow – will they ever stop telling us to STFU?

      • Sweet Sue says:

        Pretend it doesn’t exist and it will just magically go away. That hasn’t worked out too well for the millennials, just ask the women of Silicon Valley.

        • RonStill4Hills says:

          It is a recipe for failure when combating racism as well.

          Same insidious underlying conspiracy at work:

          Public Face: We’re all against it, but haven’t we talked about it enough already?

          Private Face: It’s ALL just a liberal myth perpetuated by dishonest whiny bitches.


          • Enheduanna says:

            That’s the tactic they used to rescind the VRA and it was BS when SCOTUS did it and they knew it. They’re are lots of CIS white men who think discrimination is over. How could there be discrimination when they don’t see it? /s

      • NW Luna says:

        I nearly fell off my chair when I read that “not the best…” WTF? Something’s wrong and we should shut up about it? That would be awfully convenient for the misogynists — they get to keep oppressing us without protest or condemnation. Ain’t gonna happen!

  7. dakinikat says:

  8. dakinikat says:

    oldie but goodie

  9. dakinikat says:

  10. dakinikat says:

    Hillary Clinton shows up late as fans turn out in hundreds for NYC book signing


    I definitely think there’s a bigger crowd there than for the inauguration.

  11. dakinikat says:

    WTF is wrong with this man?

    After an earthquake and a hurricane — and Trump’s failure to send condolences — Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.


    • Enheduanna says:

      He is racist to the core and literally does not care about the earthquake or storm in Mexico. He actually doesn’t care about Irma or Harvey – only in so far as it reflects on his administration, i.e. the biggest baddest storms ever.

    • NW Luna says:

      He’s a sadist. And rude as well.

  12. dakinikat says:

  13. quixote says:

    While on the topic of Hillary…. (You may want to cover your ears while I scream.)

    I was reading Joy Reid’s twitter stream and she has something about how all the Dems are getting on board with some form of health care for all. The only question is “whether they’ll go with the Sanders plan or the Murphy plan.”

    More screaming.

    So the most capable statesman and policy maven in generations has the media assassinate her character, has babblers telling her, of all people, to stop talking. And now, one of her signature issues, that she’s fought for like a lion and mostly alone and while getting dumped on for it … GETS SANDERS’ BLITHERING NAME SLAPPED ON IT?

    The least they could do as a tiny installment on repayment for the huge crimes they’ve committed against her and all women is to give goddamn credit where it’s due.

    Call it Hillary’s Healthcare or shut up.

  14. dakinikat says:

  15. dakinikat says:

    • NW Luna says:

    • Enheduanna says:

      There are no words. Charlie’s right – he says “I’m fed up with living in a country where a massacre doesn’t even make the top of the news anymore.” As am I.

    • Earlynerd says:

      Nothing to see here. Just another man disposing of his property, along with the usual collateral damage.

      Americans (men, that is) have a *right* to do this. The men who own the media, the men who overwhelmingly staff the police forces in this country and above all, the men on the Supreme Court all agree on this. The media coverage of the pivotal cases, USA v. Morrison, and especially Gonzales v. Castle rock, always exonerated the males involved, from the rapist Morrison and the murderer Gonzales, to the policemen to the judges. And never failed to use their whitewashing made-up term for criminal felony battery and criminal felony murder, “domestic violence”.

      Too many of the articles on Gonzales either excuse the police or (if liberally inclined) take the “OMG, if they get away with doing this to wives and girlfriends, -we- might be next” view, so I’ll just leave this link. It covers the case that the victim and mother of the victims in Gonzales had the incomparable courage to take to international court. (It is only women in this country, murdered in the thousands every year by men, whose rights are so violated *by law* as to make the US in violation of an international human rights treaty. The courts have at least upheld the laws protecting the rights of the hundreds of non-white men killed by police violence every year, even though they are increasingly not enforced)


  16. Minkoff Minx says:

    Power is still out. Not like it matters.

    Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers.

    As far as gofundme…Kat is the one still without a roof over her bed, I think she needs a fund raiser more than me.

  17. palhart says:

    Rachel Maddow tonight referenced two groups:
    one working on accountability and transparency, americanoversight.org and the other one fighting
    right wing extremism and defending constitutional
    values under attack, people for the American way,
    pfaw.org. (My battery is near death.)

  18. palhart says:

    My comment is being tweaked. The groups are americanoversight.org and pfaw.org.

  19. NW Luna says:

    Only 32 fucking minutes.

    • RonStill4Hills says:

      I am going to have to call bullshit on Chris Cillizza. The email story was a scam. It was a Trojan Horse for Clinto. Derangement Syndrome, Misogyny and Racism(friend to Blacky may as well be Blacky in the calculus of White Supremacy).

      Continuing to act like the fucking email story was ever legitimate is like saying, “Yeah, I know the Empperor is naked but the double breasted jacket was pretty snazzy right?”

      In other words “GTF out of my face about the email server you F’ing idiot!”

      • NW Luna says:

        Agree — the whole email issue was made up. Her private server didn’t get hacked, unlike some of the State Dept’s. Not to mention the OPM hacking which released private info on federal employees — where was the multi-year investigation and media frenzy about that? Or about Colin Powell’s use of private email.

        HRC has fought over the years for civil rights, women’s rights, healthcare, you name it. She was a huge threat to white male supremacy, and to Putin. That’s why she was relentlessly attacked. But she has not given up. She is an inspiration to us all, and we will go “onward together.”

  20. palhart says:

    A must read: Ezra Klein’s interview with Hillary Clinton.
    vox.com, “What Hillary Clinton really thinks”

    • palhart says:

      She fears, as I do, if D’s don’t win in 2018 that the country will descend to unfathomable depths led by a republican majority and a white supremacist, islamophobic,homophobic, sexist president.

  21. palhart says:

    It’s the latin for voice.com.

  22. NW Luna says: